Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip, young Brooklynite, but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold on to can be a lonely experience.
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Deeply moving part for me is its editing. Shirin remember her past with Maxime during trying to do "Appropriate behavior". Not chronologically, the stage of ennui, first kiss, talks about coming out etc... People don't remember own past about love in the right order, but incoherently and unexpectedly. This movie duplicates that tendency & saddens me to remember my past frequently. However, hopeful last makes me happy
Likeable, smart and funny inner-city relationship drama told from a minority perspective that's done with a fresh edge and kept alive by an honest performance from writer/director and lead Desiree Akhavan. She continually subverts expectations with fresh and unexpected choices that conveniently sidestep stereotype to rewarding effect. 3.5 stars
Strong debut from Desiree Akhavan which shows a lot of promise in its ability to overcome its generic setup with a hint of freshness in its tale of an Iranian American bisexual girl getting over a heart break when she breaks up with her lesbian girlfriend. Desiree has a certain charm in the lead and a warm chemistry with co-star Rebecca Henderson. Plotting may well be a little pedestrian but the emotion is not.